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Women of Color to Helm AF3IRM’s CenterShift II Conference: Full Schedule Revealed

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New York:   An astonishing array of women luminaries will be at the helm of AF3IRM’s CenterShift Conference on October 21st – a vivid image of the diversity of color, cultures, experience and perspective in the women’s struggle for liberation.

Two principal main features will anchor the day’s discourse.  After the Conference is formally convened by AF3IRM Chair Ivy Quicho, union organizer and activist for women’s rights, the morning session will center around the panel, “Constellations of History,” featuring the following presenters:

  • Claudia de la Cruz, Dominican American, founder of Da Urban Butterflies, co-host and producer of Telesur English’s Ñ Don’t Stop;
  • Nayoung Kim, Korean, legal scholar focusing on feminist jurisprudence, activist
  • Muriel Miguel, Kuna and Rappahannock Nations, founder of Spiderwoman Theater
  • Raissa Robles, Filipina, journalist and foreign correspondent, book author
  • Farah Tanis, black American, founder of Black Women’s Blueprint, activist and organizer for women’s human rights

The panel will be moderated by immediate past AF3IRM Chair Jollene Levid, also a union organizer and an activist since her teen years.

The second feature is an annotated performance by Pura Fe, Tuscarora Nation musician.  This will anchor the afternoon session.  Apart from being a great artist, Pura Fe is also an environmental activist, joining at one time Winona La Duke’s two-day tour against oil and fracking.

The conference will also feature afternoon workshops on such topics as Migration, Marriage & Divorce,  Building Solidarity Across Borders,  Gender and Revolution and other issues germane to our times. View the full schedule on the AF3IRM website.

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A sliding scale registration fee is requested of participants.  Registration can be done here:  http://bit.ly/af3rr17.  Contact [email protected] with additional questions.  Group rates for three or more registrants are available.  —  ###


AF3IRM Leadership to push for new directions for feminism at October 21st CenterShift II Conference in New York City

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NEW YORK—The bold leaders of AF3IRM – including three of its past and current national chairpersons — will continue to challenge the ideals and boundaries of feminism in the United States at this year’s national conference. The push by leadership has always been to theory build, to imagine, and to take action, with these efforts taking on even more urgency in a time of heightened neo-fascism and white nationalism.

Ivy, Ninotchka, and Jollene in DC for the Women’s March on January 21, 2017

At AF3IRM’s Center Shift II Conference in New York City,  National Chair Ivy Quicho, past Chairperson Jollene Levid, and founding GABNet Chairperson Ninotchka Rosca will join activists of differing histories and cultures to help chart possible directions for this current wave of feminism during this October deliberations.  The three have been pivotal in the meteoric rise of AF3IRM as a center for women of color and transnational women in the struggle for equity, rights and liberation.

Born in Alberta, Canada, Ms. Quicho, who now resides in Los Angeles, has worked in the labor movement for almost a decade, advocating on behalf of resident physicians and nurses, and currently works for the Directors Guild. Ms. Levid, a Los Angeles native, is a well-known union organizer with a history of fighting for women workers. She now organizes with UTLA, fighting against the privatization of education. She served as AF3IRM’s National Chair from its launch in 2010 to 2016. Renowned author and former political prisoner Ninotchka Rosca was the founding chair of GABNet in 1989 and has been an outspoken advocate for women’s rights for decades.

As first national chair of AF3IRM, Ms. Levid oversaw the organization’s survival from the near-catastrophic impact of severing its ties with a hierarchical political organization.  Under the slogan “A woman’s place is at the head of the struggle,” she affirmed the right and duty of women to have a voice in social transformation movements.  

Ms. Quicho, who was elected to chair position in the seventh year of AF3IRM’s existence, launches her term with the slogan “a woman’s place is at the helm of the struggle,” in a declaration of women’s right to ideological and political leadership to guide movements toward the building of a just and equitable social organization.  

Ms. Quicho will formally open the Conference, delivering the parameters of deliberations and discussions for the presenters and participants.  

Ms. Levid will facilitate and moderate the plenary panel “Constellations of History” which will present the achievements, strategy and tactics of women struggling in different cultures.    

Ms. Rosca along with the New York chapter of AF3IRM have been leading the efforts of the CenterShift II Conference, bringing together a stellar lineup of speakers for the Constellations of History panel, shaping its ideological direction, and working with sister chapters to organize workshops.

Leaders and current members of AF3IRM chapters from across the United States are flying in to New York to take part in these deliberations and to add their own experience.  Join in this historic gathering by registering at http://bit.ly/af3rr17. Space is limited. For questions, please email [email protected].


We Thrive: AF3IRM Women Remember Maya Angelou and Yuri Kochiyama

The women of AF3IRM join the world in mourning. This past week we women lost two of our own – Maya Angelou and Yuri Kochiyama.

Throughout their lives, they planted seeds in our activist souls and shone light in places of darkness. They gave us words and inspiration when we had none. Maya pushed the boundaries of possibility as she said “my mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.” Yuri told us that we “people have the right to violence, to rebel, to fight back.” We took these words to heart as we chose to thrive and fight back, as we continue to choose to demand more for women.

We salute Maya Angelou for her work as a writer and advocate, for standing up against discrimination and for being a survivor of sexual assault and speaking her truth. We carry the words of “Phenomenal Woman” and “Still I Rise” in our hearts. Her courage in sharing her life story and reclaiming her voice inspires us to share our own stories and lives. We learned from Maya that our voices hold power and that trauma and pain don’t have to hold us back.

We salute Yuri Kochiyama for her political work and activism. She is not just the woman holding Malcom X in her arms as he died – but she was a woman who spoke out for civil rights for all of people of color, who called on freedom for political prisoners, who demanded reparations for Japanese Americans after internment. She worked tirelessly for the people and we strive to do the same. We learned from Yuri that activism is never-ending and that it should be expansive and bold and should build with other movements and struggles.

They are our sheroes – they were women of color in whom we saw our own lives and the lives of our sisters, mothers, grandmothers. They were women in whom we saw a life-long vibrancy and fire that have helped fuel our work in the struggle. They were women who refused to be invisible. And they are women we will never forget. They shall not be “vanished” from history. The world of women shall remember them in every struggle for women’s dignity and liberation.

We salute you, Maya Angelou. We salute you, Yuri Kochiyama.

We choose to thrive because of women like you – your words, wisdom, and strength will live on in us all as we women continue the fight. We are forever your sisters and daughters in the struggle. May you both rest in power.

Tributes, Dedications, and Love from AF3IRM Women

Hail Maya, full of grace
Our love is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy loom,
Weave for us.

Holy Maya, mother of Guy
Pray for us seekers now and
At the hour of our depth.
I mean…

The old gods only exist
Through our faith in them,
through our devotion,
through ceremony do we manifest and sustain their blessings.

I am only a small brown woman,
With a face wet with tears.
Hear my prayer Mother Maya,
Let me rise in the spirit
of your pain,
of your love.

-Katrina Socco, AF3IRM National Programme Coordinator (May 28, 2014) 

Struggled with the news of Grandmother Maya’s transition into the ancestral realm the entire day…our great ones are leaving, but their lives have left inspirational legacies behind that blazed a trail for others follow behind…Grandmother Maya, in showing up as your full self this lifetime, your life, your spirit, your words propelled humanity forward. Grateful to have known your work. Will carry on your wisdom by passing it along to upcoming generations. Thank you for all the gifts….Rest well and easy in the light

Kristen Jackson, AF3IRM LA (May 29, 2014)

We mourn the deaths of writers because they guide us, they become part of our lives. I will never forget how I felt when I was 17 and heard my first Maya Angelou poem in our Boyle Heights classroom – “Still I Rise.” It planted the activist seed. I will never forget how I felt when my AF3IRM sisters performed “Phenomenal Woman” for me on my 30th birthday, at a Stand With Grace event. Maya Angelou has been key to me growing up. I mourn and thank her, I know she Rests In Power. Maya Angelou forever.

Jollene Levid, AF3IRM National Chair (May 28, 2014)

Yuri Kochiyama reminded the world that Asian American women are not the docile, passive women that the white man/colonizer wants us to be. People always remember her simply for holding Malcolm X as he died, but she was a force onto herself – in the Black, Brown & Yellow Power movements. For the hard work she put in. For being a shero to the invisible, myself included. My heart is heavy but our resolve is strengthened. Yuri Kochiyama forever.

Jollene Levid, AF3IRM National Chair (June 2, 2014)

Rest in Power Yuri Kochiyama. I’m certain Maya Angelou will love your company. You and your work will never (ever) be forgotten. #activist #shero #love

– Dorothy Santos, AF3IRM SF Bay Area Coordinator (June 2, 2014)

AF3IRM Irvine/OC Hosting Event Series for Women’s Month

This Women’s Month, AF3IRM Irvine/OC hosts Even in Disaster,  an event series focused on bringing awareness to and fundraising for AF3IRM’s typhoon and sexual violence relief project with NAPIESV.

1620540_1442700912633358_36310965_nMARCH 19th, 2014 | 6:30PM
EVEN IN DISASTER WE LEARN: Report-Back with Jollene Levid
@ Doheny Beach B, UC Irvine Student Center

Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1444633465773227/

Jollene Levid will share her experiences from their 3-week trip to the Philippines where they met with women, organizers, and community groups in Leyte, Mindanao, Cebu, and Manila in the aftermath of the disastrous effects of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan and militarism. Their work is part of Phase 1 of AF3IRM’s sexual violence relief centers project with NAPIESV (National Organization of Asians and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence: http://www.napiesv.org/).
1236550_10151926852632046_745699787_nMARCH 21ST, 2014 | 7:30PM (Previously scheduled for March 20th)
In the Face of Disaster Open Mic
@ Paradise Perks Cafe, Irvine, CA

Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/435519913247442/

The purpose of this Open Mic Fundraiser is to raise funds in an effort to relieve the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. The money will be going directly to Phase 2 of our relief project.

**DONATION/ENTRY $10 per person***

What will AF3IRM do? Phase 2: 1) Comprehensive Medical Mission Team 2) Social Work Mission Team (for mental healthcare) 3) Advocacy Trainings (Livelihood training, Reproductive Justice Training, Sexual Violence/Rape Crisis Relief Training, Trafficking Training). We are asking for donations to send a medical team, social workers, and organizers who will work with organizers in PI directly.

Come and spend an evening of music, community building and spreading awareness with us at Paradise Perks!!
We look forward to watching our friends, family and the community perform and come together for this cause!!! All family and friends welcome!

Featuring performances by:
– Chase Boyle (American Idol regional finalist, CSUF)
– Taylor Akey (IMTA Showcase Top Male Performer 2014)
– Ashley Slack (UCI, Musicality representative)
– Asleep at the Gate (OC Music Awards nominee)
– Daniel Eachus (Comedy Central, Brea Improv, Flappers Comedy)
– DRH: Drew, Ruben, Hanson (House of Blues, Fox Theatre, Pamona Glass House)
– Noah The Wordsmith (dope underground slam poet and hip hop lyricist)
– Project Wonder (Magic Castle, Roosevelt Hotel Hollywood, Now You See Me)
– Eunice Kim (UCI Alum, CAUCI Cabinet alum)
– Damian Holmes (Irvine Improv, Comedy Hideaway)
– Jazzmine Farol (Soulstice People’s Choice Award Winner)
– Will Morrison (Indie Folk Rock, OC Music Award showcases)
– Ruth Pierce (Singer, songwriter, guitarist)
– Heather Lapham (Up and coming spoken word poetess)

MARCH 27TH, 2014 | 6:30 PM
Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/601199343301859/

Empowering and Rebuilding Women: A Conversation with AF3IRM Irvine/OC and Dr. Vandana Asthana (Urban Plates, Irvine, CA)

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*Twitter account: @AF3IRM_Irvine
*Chapter Coordinator: Mona Navarro [email protected]